Allergy ShotsHealth Service, 633 Emerson Street
Hours: by appointment, Monday through Friday
Closed for University holidays
Questions? Call 847.491.2204
Patients may schedule appointments for allergy shots only after:All forms have been completed and received at NUHS
- Allergy extract has been received via overnight shipping from allergist's office to Northwestern University Health Service, Attention Allergy RN, only via FedEx or UPS. Postal Service cannot deliver overnight to this location.
- Shot schedule and vials have been reviewed and approved by NUHS consulting allergist
- Students will be notified when above requirements are completed and they are approved to schedule an appointment
All forms (referring allergist agreement, student agreement, and administration of allergy immunotherapy instructions) must be updated every academic year beginning September 1. There is no charge to students for administration of allergy shots or storage of allergy extract vials.
Instructions for Patient Shipping Allergy Extract to NUHS
- Extract must be shipped from the allergist's office (not by patient or family) overnight to arrive at NU Health Service before 5 p.m. weekdays, and not on University holidays.
- UPS and FedEX are preferred carriers.
Extract which is not received the day after it is shipped from the allergist's office cannot be used for patient therapy.
- NUHS follows guidelines from Summary Statement 84 in the 2011 Allergen Immunotherapy: A practice parameter third update: "extract manufacturers conduct stability studies with standardized extracts that expose them to various shipping conditions. It is the responsibility of each supplier or manufacturer to ship extracts under validated conditions that are shown not to adversely affect the product's potency or safety." This included round ship shipment to Phoenix in the summer, San Antonio in August and Alaska during the winter. NUHS does not ship vials with refrigerant or cold packs.
- NUHS follows guidelines for long term extract storage per above reference (Summary Statement #83) at 4 degrees C to 8 degrees C.
Instructions for Allergy Immunotherapy Patients
Northwestern University Health Service Allergy Clinic policies and procedures have been revised to be consistent with current American Association of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) recommendations and guidelines for Allergy Immunotherapy.
NU Health Service does not sign forms from other allergy offices. The guidelines followed at NU Health Service are listed in the Referring Allergist Agreement (PDF).
We require three forms:
- A “Student Agreement for Allergy Immunotherapy Administration” (PDF) form completed by all new and returning allergy and immunotherapy patients prior to receiving allergy shots at the Health Service (updated agreement required annually on September 1).
- A “Referring Allergist Agreement” (PDF) form signed by your referring allergist. Your allergist will need to review both our Allergy Clinic Policy and Procedures and our protocol for “Physician Management of Anaphylaxis and Systemic Reactions” before signing the agreement (updated agreement required annually on September 1).
- Administration of Allergy Immunotherapy Instructions (PDF)
You should print these documents out and provide them to your allergist for review and signature. We will not be able to administer your allergy shots until both signed forms are received.
Signed forms should be sent or faxed to:
Northwestern University Health Service
633 Emerson Street
Evanston IL 60208-4000
Attention: Allergy Nurse